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Luciano Rossetti

Photographs are "foot-notes"; they are a gaze at music or, better yet, a gaze inside music.

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Born in 1959, he began working as a photographer at the close of the 1970s. A freelance journalist, collaborating with newspaper L'Eco di Bergamo from 2004, coordinating photographers for JazzIt from 2000 until 2004, he has been collaborating with Musica Jazz since 1999. Tighter with Luca d'Agostino and other photographers, in 2004 he founded the Phocus Agency, a photographic agency specialized in show business photography. He produced dozens of front covers for trade journals and inserts, dozens of solo and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad, hundreds of collaborations for recording. Official Photographer for festivals such as Fano Jazz by the Sea, Bergamo Jazz Festival, deSidera Teatro, Teatro Erbamil, TAE Teatro, Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz, Contaminazioni Contemporanee and Premio Europa Teatro. On behalf of the Punta Giara Association, in 2007, he organized the first Meeting on Jazz Photography that hosted some of the most important jazz photographers of jazz in the world (Jimmy Katz, Guy Le Querrec, Jan Persson, Silvia Lelli e Roberto Masotti). He closely collaborated with improvisers and composers such as Butch Morris and Garrison Fewell, in addition to musical events such as the Vision Festival in new York; these experiences have led to the establishment of multimedia projects. He was selected by the JJA Awards (Jazz Journalist Association) for the Best Jazz Photograph of the Year prize in 2016 and 2017.

Photographs are “foot-notes”; they are a gaze at music or, better yet, a gaze inside music. It is a work-in-progress, a research “by images” on those aspects of music that audience usually do not see. Notes are a “presenceabsence”, they are at the margin yet deeply present; music is present in the breaks during rehearsals, it is in the stage floorboards where an exhausted musician is stretched out it is in the kiss of two young lovers on a beach to the rhythm of a double bass breaks into the waves. During its wandering in Italy and abroad, from a festival to a recording studio, from a beach while a club, the gaze tries to go beyond the stage, beyond the instrument, beyond the outward appearance usually granted by musicians. There is a continuous attempt at investigating the human soul while trying to avoid stereotypes, clichés, the already seen. Therefore images that involve musicians, audiences, those who are just passing through and those who are involved much against their will; all of that artistic universe that revolves around music, that experiences the musical instant of improvisation and then clears away.

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